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BBC Persian: Women’s Political Participation in Iran (In Persian & English)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mahnaz Afkhami and Mehrangiz Kar, lawyer and human rights activist, speak with BBC Persian about women’s political participation in Iran on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of being accorded their right to vote.

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

VOA Extended Profile: Historical Context for The Women’s Movement in Iran, and the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami (In Persian and English subtitles)

The half hour video provides the historical context for the women’s movement in Iran from its early beginnings just before the constitutional revolution of 1906 through the efforts at networking and organizing to promote girls education in the 1930’s, women’s political rights in the 1950s and 60s, and finally reform of the family laws in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The documentary focuses on the life and work of Mahnaz Afkhami, especially her ten-year tenure as the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and her three years in the Iranian cabinet as the first Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa Region, to examine the achievements of women during this period while presenting a portrait of Afkhami as wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.

این برنامۀ مستند و نیم ساعتۀ صدای آمریکا به زندگی نامۀ مهناز افخمی اختصاص دارد و درعین حال به مروری بر بافتار تاریخی جنبش زنان ایران که در آستانۀ انقلاب مشروطیت در اوائل قرن بیستم آغاز شد، به تدریج توان یافت و در مراحل گوناگون به ثمر رسید. در ده سالی که وی در مقام دبیرکل سازمان زنان ایران خدمت می کرد، و به ویژه در سه سال عضویت اش در کابینه به عنوان وزیر مشاور در امور زنان- مقامی که تا آن هنگام در هیچ یک از کشورهای خاورمیانه و آفریقای شمالی وجود نداشت- زنان ایران در احقاق حقوق و آزادی هایشان در همۀ عرصه های زندگی سیاسی و اجتماعی و خانوادگی به دستاوردهای بی سابقه رسیده بودند.
این برنامه، در روایتی مصور، رویدادهای عمدۀ زندگی شخصی مهناز افخمی را به عنوان همسر، خواهر، مادر و مادر بزرگ نیز ترسیم می کند. از دوران کودکی تا دوران دشوار تحصیل و کارِ همزمان در ایالات متحد، از کوچ ناخواسته از وطن تا بازسازی زندگی در غربت

Iranian Voices: A Seminar About Iran and Human Rights (in English and Swedish)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Iranian Voices: A Seminar About Iran and Human Rights (in English and Swedish)

The Arabic spring is considered as the starting point of a new era in the Arabic world’s history. From Iran, however, it’s been very quite. The demonstrations were hushed up successfully and today pro-democracy movement appears underground. Come and meet human rights activists from Iran in the areas of LGBT, women’s rights and ethnic / religious minorities. Afkhami speaks on the role of technology in movement building for women globally.

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Women In Iran: From the Shah to the Islamic Republic-زنان در ایران؛ از پهلوی تا جمهوری اسلامی

An Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of Women Affairs in Pahlavi-era Iran

BBC Persian News – by Maryam Ghanbarzadeh

Women’s organizations in Iran were commonplace in the period before the Islamic Revolution and largely run by women volunteers who served in the early fifties [text continues in Persian]….

Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women’s Affairs. Wanted in Iran.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mahnaz Afkhami: Minister for Women’s Affairs.  Wanted in Iran.
Nerikes Allehanda – By Inger Nordahl
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What hides behind gender-based violence is often a patriarchal society, where the struggle for equality can seem impossible.
As an Iranian, Mahnaz Afkhami understands this. In the 1970s she was named one of the world’s first-ever ministers of women’s affairs. She succeeded in changing the conditions for Iranian women, including investments in child care and paid maternity leave. Then came the revolution. [Text continues in Swedish…]

Tavaana Interview–Campaign: Change for Equality in Iran (In Persian)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tavaana Interview–Campaign: Change for Equality in Iran (In Persian)

Tavaana interviewed Mahnaz Afkhami on why working for women and feminists in Iran is more difficult than before.

Democracy Courage Tribute Acceptance Speech on Behalf of the Iranian Women’s Movement

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Democracy Courage Tribute Acceptance Speech on Behalf of the Iranian Women’s Movement

Persian text
Whether in exile in refugee camps, in prisons inside Iran, or working late into the night sending their messages around the country and across the world, women in Iran have not yielded to oppression. Their mobile phones, web sites and blogs carry their words across the nation and throughout the world. Their voice resonates with others who rise up in their support. They are at the forefront of the green movement for change. They know they can change their country and they say “Yes, we will.”

Interview with Mahnaz Afkhami, the second woman minister in the history of Iran (In Persian)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BBC Persian Hardtalk / By Enayat Fani Afkhami looks back on the complex issues of advancing women’s rights in Iran: from her time working as Minister for Women’s Affairs in pre revolutionary Iran, and using economic development goals as a way of advancing the status of women and promoting reform of family law. BBC Persian […]

From the Margins to the Center: Women and Democracy in the Middle East (In Persian)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Washington TV / By Amir Irani-Tehrani

A Woman For All Seasons (In Persian)

Friday, November 6, 2009

On November 6, Ms. Afkhami was featured on Mehdi Falahati’s Persian-language program “Rou dar Rou” (Face-to-Face), produced by Voice of America. During the interview she discussed her professional journey, as well as the role of women in Iran’s democracy movement and their use of ICTs to take their message to the international community.

About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more